Sunday, September 02, 2012

Not Labor Day

Tomorrow is Labor Day. Today, for me, is Not Labor Day. I am lazy. I am taking the day off. It wasn't planned, but I guess it was needed.

Here is where I am today. Stretched out on the chaise on the deck. The Sunday paper is spread out around me.

View, if I look straight ahead.

View if I look up.

View if I look down.

That's it. I'm not moving.

I can't remember the last time I was so relaxed. Like I wrote yesterday, it has been a great summer, but it has been a busy one. Wish I had a dollar for every meal I have served this summer. We have eaten well, if I may say so myself. And we've fed a lot of people around that table in the top photo. Good times. Really. But I am savoring the quiet.

The morning started with some ambitions. I tried to do some drawings. I have neglected my drawing blog badly and want to get it under control. My drawing efforts were half-hearted and bleh. I'll try again tomorrow.

I wandered out to the studio and looked around. I ended up fixing a pair of pants that have been in danger of falling right off of me. It's not that I have lost any weight—they are the kind that come out of the dryer fitting perfectly and within two hours they have grown a size. The weight of my phone in my pocket has me in fear that they will fall right off. Working a length of elastic into the waistband is the most productive thing I have done today. Then I lost momentum. Succumbed to inertia.

I finished reading Cannery Row and lay back, gazing up through the bamboo and pondered the grace and poetry of Steinbeck. I read some of the paper, lost interest and simply stared into space, enjoying the clear blue sky and noticing a distinct chill in the shadows. September has arrived. Life is good. I needed today.


  1. I am glad you were able to pull yourself together to help me with the answers to the questions for the newspaper writer!! Keep enjoying your relaxation.

  2. Sounds like a perfect Not Labor Day to me!

  3. Yay for you. Yesterday I laid in the hammock as Ron has the second floor draped in plastic while he paints the ceiling, and there really seemed no place for me in the house. I concluded it is important to lounge in the hammock, or in your case the chaise. Wish I had done more of it this summer. I am about to head there again with a glass of wine, as I just got back from client. So much for a long weekend.

    PS.. Thor obviously needs some scritches.

  4. Your kitty looks just like my "Blackie". Enjoy your day off

  5. Julie8:26 PM

    Perhaps this feline existential crisis video reflects your mood.

  6. If I looked down and saw that beautiful black cat, I wouldn't move either... I'd just stay there and cuddle with him!

  7. Good on you for turning a bit of an off day into a good day off.

  8. Anonymous5:48 AM

    Sounds like you had a perfect, laborless day. Good for you!!!!

  9. I managed to finish 2 easy mysteries and stare at my design wall this no labor day weekend. I'm glad you were able to feel so relaxed too.

  10. We need more relaxing in our life. I'm glad you had nice weather to relax outside.